Bar Bites: The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel (New Orleans)

Like a good many places around New Orleans, The Sazerac Bar in the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel has a long, winding and legendary history. The bar in the lobby of this hotel was not always the Sazerac Bar; at the same time, the Sazerac Bar has not always resided in the lobby of this…

Bar Bites: Latitude 29 (New Orleans)

If you’ve noticed a significant upswing in the number of tropical-themed or tiki bars in the last couple years, chances Latitude 29’s owner is at least partially to thank. Jeff “Beachbum” Berry has spent the better part of thirty years chasing down tiki recipes that boomed in the 60s and 70s before giving way to vodka martinis and other…

Field Trip: New York Cocktail Pilgrimage

For the second time this year, the real job packed me up and shipped me off to New York City for work – the first time was in March for three days, while this one was a full week at the beginning of December. As anyone should, I used both opportunities to go explore some…

Field Trip – Falling Rock Tap House (Denver, CO)

Time to play a little catch-up. In January, I was fortunate enough to get to do a little traveling for my day job – there was a conference I wanted to go to in Denver, CO. A little convincing (it didn’t take much, which is always nice), and I found myself on a plane to…

Sazerac – Michael @ Brixton (Andersonville, Chicago, IL)

Looking for a good cocktail to get you through the holidays this week? You could do a lot worse than the Sazerac. It’s a crowd-pleasing classic, it’s simple to make, and chances are you’d only have to pick up one bottle to finish out the ingredient list. Fair warning, though – it’s VERY spirit-forward, so…

The Aviary Kitchen Table

It’s only appropriate that the first full post after moving to Chicago is something that could easily be considered the definitive cocktail night out in the city. Where there are dozens of great cocktail spots all over Chicago – each neighborhood seems to have at least one prime spot – anything being definitive is a…

So many changes…

Hi there friends. So here we are, 9 months since that last fateful post from the Hawthorne. Many, many things have happened since then, with many notable changes. Shortly after that last post went up, the Red Sox won Game 6 of the World Series and became the 2013 World Series champions. Take a look at…

Paper Plane – Ingrid @ The Hawthorne (Boston, MA).

The bar: The Hawthorne, another of the many fantastic drinking stations at the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square. The bartender: Ingrid, with a special appearance by Joe, a man of many bars. The set-up: This was going to be a cool night. For starters, it was my birthday, so we had to do something cool. Fortunately, my…

Field trip – Chicago!

Hey! So I got a little carried away, and didn’t realize how MASSIVE this writeup of our vacation would get! There are lots of good drinkin’ places buried in here, so here’s a quick list of all the cool places we went to, with links to my little blurb about each one. I’m skipping some…

Dirty Gin Martini – Denise @ Marliave (Boston, MA)

Hoo boy! Been a busy couple of weeks. I just wrapped up doing a David Mamet play with some friends that we pulled together in about three weeks, hence the complete lack of writing time. And early tomorrow morning, the wife and I board a plane for Chicago – a new frontier for this cocktail…

Whiskey on the rocks – Nick @ Backbar (Somerville, MA)

The bar: Backbar, a tucked-away haven in Somerville’s Union Square. The bartender: Nick The set-up: This is important. If you want to go to Backbar, look for this door: We spent a solid five minutes standing in the alley where the entrance is located because we missed the door. It didn’t help that there was…